‘We live in the age of the digital native’, or so many would have us believe. But what does the term really mean? Can someone truly pick up digital skills intuitively? Does this mean there is no need to try to teach young people how to use computers?
We don’t think so. This idea of digital natives is a dangerous fallacy that risks leaving young people without the competences they need for the workplace, and risks leaving businesses without the skilled employees they need.
We have published a report exploring the fallacy of the ‘digital native’ in more depth. The paper sets out the extensive evidence against the idea of ‘digital natives’ having intuitive computer skills and concludes that there is a vital need for digital skills development programmes to be part of all forms of education.